Crisci Associates, May 2, 2016 Issue #618
(5/2/2016)
* OK, Election’s Over, Back To Work On Next Year’s State Budget!

The election provided an interesting diversion the last couple weeks, but the outcome was, by and large, anticipated-- Trump and Clinton for President and Shapiro for Attorney General, although that was a close call.  McGinty for U.S. Senate was a bit of a surprise, but late polls showed that race tightening.

* PA Presidential Primary - Trump, Clinton Win

CNN called the PA Republican Presidential Primary for Donald Trump at the stroke of 8:00 p.m. when the polls closed. 

* PA U.S. Senate Primary - Toomey vs. McGinty

Gov. Wolf’s former Chief of Staff Kathleen McGinty beat second-time candidate Joseph Sestak and newcomers John Fetterman and Joseph Vodvarka.

* Race For Attorney General - Shapiro vs. Rafferty

Democratic Montgomery County commissioner Josh Shapiro beat Allegheny County DA Stephen Zappala and Northampton DA John Morganelli in the Democratic Primary for Attorney General.

* Auditor General, State Treasurer - Everyone Wins! No Opponents

There were no cliffhangers in the statewide races for Auditor General and State Treasurer because no one had any Primary opponents.

* Results In Senate, House, Congressional Races We Watched In The Primary

Here are the results so far from the House, Senate and Congressional race we flagged last week that were worth watching.

* Statewide Referendums: Philly Traffic Court Retired, But Not State Judges

On the two statewide ballot referendums, the question about abolishing the Philadelphia Traffic Court passed by 59.7 percent.  Although the results don’t count at this stage, the question increasing the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 75 lost, but it was close-- just over 49 percent voted yes and 50.9 percent voted no.

* Political News & NewsClips

Here's a collection of NewsClips from around the state this week on political topics of interest.

* Session Schedule/Governor's Schedule

Here is the latest voting session schedule for the Senate and House--

* On The Senate/House Agenda

Here are the Senate and House Calendars and Committee showing bills of interest--

* Bills Introduced

The following bills of interest were introduced this week--

* Weeks Ahead

Upcoming meetings, hearings and other events on legislative issues in Harrisburg, unless otherwise noted.   NEW means new from last week.

* State Employees Retirement System Sets 29.5 Percent Contribution Rate

The Board of the PA State Employees’ Retirement System Wednesday formally adopted the composite employer contribution rate set by current law at 29.5 percent of payroll for the Commonwealth’s 2016-17 fiscal year.

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